Re: Updating BCP 10 -- some minor bits

Michael StJohns <mstjohns@comcast.net> Fri, 09 January 2015 19:01 UTC

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Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:01:21 -0500
To: Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca>,ietf <ietf@ietf.org>
From: Michael StJohns <mstjohns@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: Updating BCP 10 -- some minor bits
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At 01:34 PM 1/9/2015, Michael Richardson wrote:
>4) Quorum says:
>   > Only voting volunteers vote on a candidate selection.  For a
>   > candidate selection vote, a quorum is comprised of at least seven of
>   > the voting volunteers.
>
>   If a voting member is recalled, it would be nice if the quorum became
>   six. It is also unclear if a voting volunteer refuses to cast a ballot,
>   how things are to be counted.


Why?  With a quorum of 6, you still need 4 (a majority) to nominate a candidate, the same number as if the quorum were 7.  And with 1 member recalled, you still have a group of 9 - which reduces the number of yes votes needed to 5 if everyone shows up.

Hmm.

Instead - "The chair shall establish a date and time to complete a vote on a specific candidate.  A candidate is selected if 6 voting members vote yes or no objection and at least three members vote yes by expiration of that date and time, otherwise the candidate is rejected."   Requiring a quorum actually makes no sense these days given email and other electronic meeting tools.